22nd May 2015

Jaya Needed For Tamils, TNA, & Modi

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By Eelaventhan Manickavasakar – Jayalalithaa’s long drawn out corruption case ended with a seemingly unexpected but heartening verdict for her. As the expected did not happen, her political enemies have ganged up in a rare unity demanding appeal to dethrone her. The anti-Jaya parties are pretty well aware of her massive popularity in Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa’s bold and charismatic leadership, which are all, lacking among the leaders of opposition parties. DMK Chief Karunanidhi who is a tainted corrupt leader is sitting with a wealth of hundreds of crores. Besides his newphes Marans are also facing charges of corruption along with DMK chief’s wife and his daughter Kanimoli. There is no doubt that Tamil Nadu needs Jayalalithaa for the sake of its people. Above all Modi needs […]

Army still holds 5,000 acres of private land

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At least 5,000 acres of private land, part of high security zones taken over by the Sri Lankan Army since 1990, are still in their posession, according to a study.  However, officials have declined to provide an exact figure of the extent of land held by the forces. On March 23 and April 10 this year, 1,013 acres in the Northern Province, covering parts of Palai Veemankamam and Varththalaivilan, were released. D.M. Swaminathan, Sri Lankan Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, said a time frame for the release of the remaining land would be set at a meeting to be held in a few weeks’ time between President Maithripala Sirisena and Army officials. He emphasised that the President, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga [who is heading the Presidential Task […]

Failed Sri Lankan refugee claimant gets reprieve

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A Sri Lankan man who arrived in B.C. aboard the cargo ship MV Sun Sea in the summer of 2010 and claimed refugee protection for fear of political prosecution has been granted a judicial review of his case in his fight to remain in Canada. Federal Court of Canada Justice James O’Reilly granted the review to Packiyakumar Pathmanathan after a panel of the Immigration and Refugee Board previously dismissed the man’s claim, saying his life would not be at risk upon return to Sri Lanka. The board accepted that Pathmanathan might be questioned for potential links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but said he had not shown any association to the now defunct guerilla organization. Pathmnathan’s claim was based on the concern […]

Northern Governor praises sensible police action in Jaffna as Mahinda plays Racist card!

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Northern Province Governor H. M. G. S. Palihakkara yesterday said that had there been any lapse on the part of Jaffna law enforcement authorities, violence triggered by the brutal killing of 18-year-old schoolgirl Siloganadan Vinita would have caused a major crisis in the peninsula. One-time Foreign Secretary Palihakkara told The Island that the Jaffna police had acted swiftly and decisively to bring the situation under control, though reasonable force was used against the unruly mob. The Governor appreciated that the police had quite rightly  allowed the Jaffna population to demonstrate against the killing. The law enforcement authorities respected the civilians’ right, but acted without hesitation to quell violence unleashed by a relatively a small group of persons. A majority of those who had been involved in attacks […]

Among the Jaffna protesters were some schoolchildren

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It was with shock and dismay that everyone received the news of the killing of a schoolgirl in the North the other day. Angry mobs wreaked havoc in Jaffna on Wednesday, demanding that the suspected murderers be either handed over to them for lynching or summarily executed inside the police station where they were being held. Their consternation is understandable. What we have just witnessed in Jaffna is typical of Sri Lankans who want justice hurried. There have been many instances, in all parts of the country, where people took the law into their own hands and meted out instance justice to suspected criminals. Among the Jaffna protesters were some schoolchildren, according to media reports. When people are driven by their emotions they lose self-control, […]

Only Realism, Truth And Justice Can Lead Us To Peace

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Beyond Victory Parades and Commemorations By Rev. Fr. S. J. Emmanuel 18th May 2009 – one reality with two consequences The 18th of May 2015 will be commemorated by all Sri Lankans as a turning point in the history of relations between the Sinhalese and the Tamils. The end of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE meant two entirely different things with different rationale to justify their actions. For the Government it was a victory over Tamil terrorism, end of a war and beginning of peace. But for the Tamils it was the culmination of another mass massacre of militants and civilians and the beginning of incarcerations and further militarisation, robbing of lands and missing of persons. One reality gave birth […]

We only commemorate the loss of Sinhala soldiers and that was just a political agenda.

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Just remember: the lives lost and the devastation of a 30-year-war A ‘Remembrance Day‘ commemoration has been organized by Ape Aluth Parapura’ (New Generation) to remember those who lost their lives in the nearly three-decade long war. The commemorative events will take place at the Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo from 4 pm onwards on May 19. by Anuradha Kodagoda A student of history could deduce that Sri Lanka’s South has a reason to celebrate the achievements in the thirty- year war. One could also say that some of the youth in the North in a bid to achieve their cause, brought about untold misery and mayhem to the South. Just to name a few, the Aranthalawa incident, the Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred temple […]